- a hammerlike tool with a head commonly of wood but occasionally of rawhide, plastic, etc., used for driving any tool with a wooden handle, as a chisel, or for striking a surface.
- the wooden implement used to strike the balls in croquet.
- Polo. the long-handled stick, or club, used to drive the ball.
Origin of mallet
Examples from the Web for mallet
Carlos Gracida 53, was killed in a freak accident, after his horse was hit on the head by another player's mallet.William and Harry's Polo Mentor Killed in Freak Accident
February 27, 2014
“If they [the owners] want to get their tires, that will have to be negotiated,” said Mallet.The French Boss-Nappers’ Last Stand
January 7, 2014
He had to use his mallet to push himself back on board his polo pony, according to a report in today's Daily Express.William Nearly Falls Playing Polo
May 30, 2013
I managed to get the helm hard up, and Mallet jumped inboard.
I told Mallet if he would cook a goose, I would tip one over.
Mallet did as ordered, and was off in less than three minutes after we got alongside.
A stroke of the mallet may be more effective than the sculptor had hoped; but it was intended.A Dish Of Orts
But the chisel slipped, the mallet fell too heavily, and he stopped.The Manxman
- a tool resembling a hammer but having a large head of wood, copper, lead, leather, etc, used for driving chisels, beating sheet metal, etc
- a long stick with a head like a hammer used to strike the ball in croquet or polo
- mainly US a very large powerful steam locomotive with a conventional boiler but with two separate articulated engine units
Word Origin and History for mallet
late 14c., from Old French maillet "mallet, small wooden hammer, door-knocker," diminutive of mail, from Latin malleus "a hammer," from PIE *mal-ni-, from root *mele-, *mel- "to crush, grind," with derivatives referring to ground material and tools for grinding (cf. Hittite mallanzi "they grind;" Armenian malem "I crush, bruise;" Greek malakos "soft," mylos "millstone;" Latin molere "to grind," mola "millstone, mill," milium "millet;" Old English melu "meal, flour;" Albanian miel "meal, flour;" Old Church Slavonic meljo, Lithuanian malu "to grind;" Old Church Slavonic mlatu, Russian molotu "hammer").